Ethiopia - Gilliss

Trip Dates:

March 22, 2018 - April 1, 2018

Estimated Cost:  $3100-$3300*
Team Leader:  Kristen Gilliss


Hi there! I'm Kristen - a mama to four, wife, faithful friend, lover of adventure, travel, and God! My first time to ever experience Ethiopia was in July 2010 for our first adoption and again in 2012 to bring our daughter home. It was after our first trip there that we knew we'd hold this country and its people so very close to our hearts and spend as much time there as possible. A favorite yet challenging verse of mine is  Proverbs 24:11-12 "Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend that we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts & keeps our souls, knows that we know & holds us responsible to act."

And that’s why I'm so excited to invite you to a life-changing experience with me and One Orphan to Ethiopia! I do believe that your life, like mine, will be wrecked and rearranged in all the best ways possible. Will you step out of your comfort zone, that safe place you've been hiding and venture with me to the most amazing country you'll ever experience??! 

March 22 - April 1, 2018, is sure to be a most rewarding, wonderful week of your life!! Will you say yes??

With a population of over 91 million people, there is an assorted collection of food, languages, customs and people groups. Ethiopia also contains a diverse landscape, including parts of the Nile River and the Great Rift Valley. As an East African landlocked country, Ethiopia is bordered by Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, Eritrea, and Djibouti.

Ethiopia, an ancient Christian nation, has deep-rooted Ethiopian Orthodox customs and practices. The Judaic-Christian roots of Ethiopia can be found in both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Today, about half the population of Ethiopia is Christian. 

Ethiopia is a country that is about twice the size of Texas has an estimated 4.3 million orphans. The children are primarily orphaned due to poverty, and live in both government-run and privately established orphanages. The need is great in Ethiopia. There are many, many children in need of families, however many of them will not get the opportunity to be adopted because they are not documented for international adoption. 

America World partners with many orphanages in Ethiopia. It is at these orphanages that our One Orphan teams visit and work to help provide education, resources, and support for the on-going care provided by the orphanage staff.  


* This is a general estimate of the overall trip cost per person. The costs are all-inclusive and intended to cover all traveling expenses, including international airfare. Our missions staff work diligently to keep the trip costs as low as possible.